Billions of pounds of stretch film are consumed annually, wrapping tens of billions of loads based on the original Lantech concept for stretch wrapping. Therefore, Lantech plays a critical role in understanding the environmental impacts of stretch film. Lantech and its customers are part of the overall impact that manufacturing and shipping goods has on our planet. Lantech depends on customer success in wrapping loads for damage free transit in order to prevent billions of pounds of unsalable product waste. Working together for better outcomes, the packaging industry has the power to substantially reduce waste in the global commerce system.
Lantech does not manufacture, sell, or distribute any film or film alternative products to customers or resin companies. All tests, research, and or claims therein are intended solely for the purpose of improving outcomes for any unitized load while minimizing environmental impacts.
Pressure on the environmental impacts of stretch film has reached a tipping point due to recent legislation focused on establishing a closed recycle loop by requiring Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content in stretch film. Numerous film alternatives have reactively entered the market. Brand owners, resin suppliers, and film companies are facing difficult and complex decisions ahead.
This project included an investigation into every current stretch wrap alternative. This document presents a highly representative sample population of materials under evaluation. The evaluation compares performance, weight, cost, and estimated environmental impact across representative samples. Lantech utilizes industry leading test equipment and technology to achieve containment force with drastically different material properties.